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"Prelude" was the second story feartue in Malibu DS9, Issue 9, part of Malibu Comics' 1994 series of DS9 comics. "Prelude" consisted of 4 pages of story by Mark Altman. The art was penciled by Rob Davis and inked by Terry Pallot, with Mark Paniccia credited as editor.


After taking aboard supplies and replacement crew at Deep Space 9, the Klingon warship, IKS K'Tang, begins a scientific mission in the Gamma Quadrant.

After visiting several planets including Keltara and Caldonia III, Commander Krek learns of the legends surrounding vessels which disappear in an area in Sector G17 known as "the Abyss". With a desire for battle and glory, Krek takes the K'Tang into "the Abyss" and is attacked by a Cardassian Galor-class warship commanded by Gul Marel.

With the K'Tang's weapons systems disabled she is soon overpowered and destroyed by the Cardassian vessel. Fortunately, the K'Tang was able to launch a message buoy to warn of the attack.

Log entries Edit

  • Station log: stardate 47295.4. Commander Benjamin Sisko reporting. 
    The Klingon ship K'Tang is preparing to depart DS9 on a scientific mission in the Gamma Quadrant after receiving their remaining personnel transfers. With the exception of the usual problems accompanying a Klingon visit, all is quiet on the station.
    Report to Gowron, Sector G17. Captain Krek reporting. 
    We have beamed an expedition to Keltara and have resupplied on Caldonia 3.
    We are proceeding into an area known by the natives at The Abyss, a sector in which several starships have reportedly disappeared. We go in search of battle and knowledge. End Report.



Jadzia DaxGralKalethKira NerysKrekMarelMauraMornQuarkSettie LarBenjamin Sisko
Referenced only 
Curzon DaxGowron


AbyssAntedian sectorCaldonia IIIDeep Space 9Gamma QuadrantKeltaraQuark'sSector G17

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Galor-classIKS K'Tang (Vor'cha-class attack cruiser)

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian EmpireKlingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Bajoran Resistance

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Hearts and Minds
"Prelude" • "For the Glory of the Empire" • "On the Edge of Armageddon" • "Into the Abyss" • "Masters of War"
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